Wordless Wednesday 17



IKEA Shelf – Home Mandir

I have always wanted to have a nice swami room at my home. For years we have been using a very old book shelf as the mandir. Now that we bought a new house here in Boston, having a nice little perfect space for the mandir was on TOP of my list.

All along I knew what I wanted. The idea was there but I did not know where to get it from. Buying a wooden mandir shelf here in USA would be very costly. When we went to NY for my birthday, we inquired in a number of desi boutiques and found that the ones I liked would cost me around $500. So, like always I started browsing the blog world to get some DIY ideas and I came across this beautiful post from her which seemed perfect.

I exactly mimicked her and I was so satisfied to see the end result.

First, we were lucky enough to get this shelf from IKEA.

BORGSJO Shelf Unit

I used a white fabric pen to decorate (read Indianize) the doors. 


This part was indeed a challenge. I am not very good at drawing kolams or rather I lost touch with this art for 5 years now. But I tried my best to draw this symmetry. 


And then I wanted to keep Ganesha at the top center of the whole frame. So, I created a backdrop with kolams as shown in the belowpicture.


Next picture shows the entire backdrop.


Then came the fun part. I wanted to have the “Gopuram” effect in my mandir. So, we bought a wall mount shelf from Lowe’s and decorated the top with the wooden beads that I got in Michael’s. Like the original author suggested I also used eye pins to keep the beads in place.


That’s Lemon in action ;)




The final part was hanging the bells. This was tough. I got the bells from Michael’s. But gluing them to the wooden shelf was a challenge. It took us two to three days to figure out how exactly we can glue them. 


Finishing touch was gluing the LED lights (from Lowe’s) to the shelf and adding the decorative door knob from Pier 1 Imports.

The final result is shown in the below picture.


Interested in doing this project for your home?

Here you go –

P.S.: Thanks to her for this wonderful idea. I now have a special place for my mandir at home and I really loved this project. :) 

5 years. 227 posts. 49010 visitors ~ Happy b’day to my bLoG ! :)

5th Blogoversary it is ! I was reminded of my Blogoversary by Facebook today. Early this morning, I got a pop up in my news feed which said ” XXX you have an awesome memory to share with your friends “. And that’s when I realized about this half-a-decade blogversary. 

The past year has been so slow. At least for my blog. I haven’t been keeping this blog very active. I just did 47 posts in 365 days. All this in-activeness in this space is mainly because of Lime. Every time I plan to write something and sit with my laptop, he interrupts and I stop. However, my big achievement in the past year has been participating in the Blogathon!. I did post every day during the month of January. 31 posts in 31 days was indeed a big deal for me. I wish and hope to participate in more challenges in the upcoming years and keep this blog alive. 

Wish me luck everyone. As always thanks to all my wonderful fellow bloggers who have been reading this space regularly. And thanks to all lurkers too. 

Stay tuned  peeps.!

P.S.: Something is wrong with my widgets on the right side of this page. Most of them have not been updating since a long time now. I don’t know why.

Mickey Mouse Party Prep

Oh Toodles! I can’t believe Lime is going to be 3 next Sunday. We are having a birthday party and I have lots of planning to do. 

Lime is so crazy about the Mickey Mouse and especially because of this I’m planning for a little mouse party. I followed all the DIY blog posts and made the banner and the party favor bags. I’m in the process of making the bottle wraps and centerpieces for decoration. It is fun and tiring. But just the thought of how nice all this is going to look at the party room gives me strength. A full post with all details about how I made the decorations will come soon. For now, I will just leave you all with this pic.


My Minnie and Mickey party favor bags

This is my first theme party ever. I want it to be perfect. Okay. Okay! If not perfect, at least nice! :P Let’s see how it all turns out. Thanks to all the musketeers who RSVP’d. Can’t wait to see all the little munchkins at the clubhouse :-) 

And we are off!

House is cleaned. Laundry done. Dishes are washed. The bags are packed. Our holiday begins in a few hours. 

I’ve been doing a happy dance since 8 AM today. No wait! Actually since last night :P 

We are going to the Cayman Islands. For a good 5 days. This is a long pending trip. Lemon promised to take me to the Cayman’s for my birthday. But due to his MBA course work this trip was postponed. Every time we see an opportunity to travel we always try to go to a new place. Downtown’s, tall buildings, busy streets all amuse me.. but what we need now is a nice calm vacation. So, we decided to be away from all these hassles.

Last years’ Turks and Caicos Vacation was one of our bests’. I hope this one becomes our best-est! 

Grand Cayman – I can’t wait to see you! 

So, tada peeps. Have a nice long weekend. See you all soon!